Theme: "School Days" — Theme answers are familiar phrases turned into puns about school.
[Note: This is the puzzle that appears in the Sunday L.A. Times newspaper. If you don't get the paper, you can find the puzzle here. Scroll down to see the write-up of today's syndicated puzzle.]
- 23A: Part of a class about Carthage? (HANNIBAL LECTURE). Hannibal Lecter.
- 34A: Like kids with a lot of after-school assignments? (HOMEWORK BOUND). Homeward bound.
- 42A: Where the rubber meets the paper? (ERASER'S EDGE). The razor's edge.
- 57A: Teacher who runs his class like a game show? (CHALK WOOLERY). Chuck Woolery.
- 69A: Not exactly a good before-the-bell stat? (NINE TARDY IN THE MORNING). 9:30 in the morning.
- 77A: Panic over an arithmetic test? (MATH HYSTERIA). Mass hysteria.
- 93A: Smaller-than-usual school furniture? (COMPACT DESK). Compact disc.
- 103A: Nickname for a history teacher who likes battles? (DADDY WARBOOKS). Daddy Warbucks.
- 116A: School parking-lot sign? (THE BUS STOPS HERE). The buck stops here.
- 20A: Adrian portrayer (TALIA). I wonder how long it took before people stopped yelling "Adriaaaaan!" at her on the street. Or maybe they still do.
- 29A: Like carrot juice (ORANGE). Shout-out to our girl!
- 62A: Part of a Virgin Islands port (AMALIE). I wanna say the whole name is Charlotte Amalie. Hold on .... Sure enough! Learned it from crosswords!
- 74A: Fidel crony, once (CHE). He of t-shirt fame.
- 76A: 1940s Ann Sothern role (MAISIE). I don't know what this means, but I bet someone will explain it in the comments.
- 89A: Preoccupy and then some (OBSESS). Something I never do.
- 7D: Slangy money (KALE). Never heard this one before.
- 11D: Cecil B. DeMille film of 1931, "The ___ Man" (SQUAW). With S??AW in place, of course I entered straw.
- 15D: "Photograph" singer (RINGO). Once I got Jim Croce's "Photographs and Memories" in my head, it was hard to think of any other singer.
- 49D: "Stand and Deliver" setting (EAST L.A.). Makes a nice pair with 66D: Shea grp. (N.Y. METS).
- 51D: Final answer querier (REGIS). He's popular today.
- 55D: "Sleeping Beauty" character (WITCH). I started trying to think of all the dwarves' names. Sigh.